Very pleased to have found another potential #transcaucasian #trail collaborator in the Tavush province of Armenia – the Chibukhyan family have been running #apagaresort and #yellextremepark here for years and have pioneered hiking, horse riding and keeping trails in the lush forests and awesome mountains of the region. We're using their place near #Yenokavan as a basecamp for checking out the trails west towards #Dilijan and north towards the border with #Georgia. Not just that, but their place will one day represent an ideal place to chill and take a rest day from hiking the TCT! (Did I mention they also have a zipline?!) #armenia #caucasusmountains #hiking #tavush #ijevan #apaga #adventure #travel @rgs_ibg @landrover #expedition
We are enjoying a great dose of locally-baked/cooked #Dilijan hospitality with sweet people ready to host us, show us around, partner with us in creating the #transcaucasian #trail. This #kchuch (clay pot) is made with a special technique that allows it to survive being put in fire without cracking, and that technique was almost lost when Varda found that potter in #Gyumri who could make these special pots. Now they work together, so the technique is secured, people eat better and tastier food offered by Varda at her #kchuch restaurant and many local food producers have a sustainable source of income. Sounds like an ideal change making example for developing this remote rural area. #dilijan #localfood #eatlocal #eatfresh #kchuchrestaurant #anushareq #hamuhot
Thursday 6am. The streets are empty. Into Georgina go backpacks, camera cases, clutter. Ale climbs on the roof and straps down the packing crates. One last check of the vehicle – yes, we’re ready for a 10-day excursion to northern Georgia. Time to hit the road. It’ll be Ale and Vahagn’s first trip to Svaneti. […]
4:45am – Faint, but unmistakeable: the pre-dawn light is growing. Birdsong confirms this. Against my instincts, which tell me to get out of my sleeping bag and burst from the tent to soak up the sunrise, I roll over and go back to sleep.
It has taken a little longer than expected, but intrepid outdoor lovers heading to Armenia this summer may be interested to hear that our prototype hiking route through southern Syunik is now ready to be trail-tested! But in case you aren’t able to jump on the next flight to Yerevan, perhaps you’d like to hike some of this stunning trail vicariously today?
When I decided last summer to build the Transcaucasian Trail, I had no idea just what kind of a political mess I was getting myself into. I don’t mean the regional geopolitics of the Caucasus, either. That’s actually pretty clear-cut. Some areas are off-limits, some borders are closed. Thankfully, none of this actually affects a […]
Agendas – hidden or otherwise – seem to play a big part in trail development. Sometimes there is a peace-building motive, knitting together fragmented nations by means of a common travel corridor. More often an effort is framed in terms of the future financial benefits, which usually boils down to a simple equation between more trails and more tourism dollars. But it is rare to come across a trailbuilding effort in this part of the world that whose primary stated aim is to improve access to the outdoors for its own sake.